Home insulation can evoke feelings of dread when you think about the price, but with energy prices soaring, and the pressure on the environment to cope with our constant appetite for energy, we wanted to find out if there was a solution that suited our pockets and the planet.
Windows are the obvious place to start if you want to insulate your home in the winter, as between 35 and 40% of heat loss occurs through them. Keeping cozy could be simple if you use just a few of the inexpensive methods that we are sharing below.
Before we get started it is vital to mention that using heaters means that you will need plenty of ‘combustion air’ in a room, in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. You can find out more on this following link.
Lack of adequate combustion air causes improper heater operation, increased maintenance cost, and risks dangerous production of carbon monoxide gas.
Now we have covered that, we can move on to the different ways that you can choose to insulate your windows this winter.
You may not realize this, but simply locking your windows can make a real difference when it comes to retaining heat. The locking mechanism on some sash windows in particular pushes the bottom window down a touch and the top one up a touch. It could be enough to make a tight seal and prevent cold air from creeping into your room.
Simply using curtains or blinds significantly reduces the loss of heat through your windows. A naked window can do no good when it comes to insulation.
You can boost the benefit through layering (blinds, curtains and pelmets for example), using a heavy material and sealing the edges of the curtains, making sure that a layer of air is trapped against the glass.
Curtains can be custom made to fit each window perfectly and can be styled to match your decor. They can however be very expensive, and are certainly not the cheapest option.
Cellular or honeycomb shades create multiple pockets of air against the window, and also let some light in. They need to be custom made though to fit your window space and as such work out to be more expensive than the DIY methods mentioned here.
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